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Popular Beatles author takes delivery of latest new book
BEATLES NEWS EXCLUSIVE
In a telephone call today with Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer, BeatlesNews.com confirmed that Bruce's latest book, "Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records," has arrived in his hometown of New Orleans.
According to Spizer, "The books have arrived by rail from the port of Long Beach and should be at my warehouse tomorrow."
Spizer indicated that orders have been brisk. Although the book's official publication date is not until October 5, the book will be available at Spizer's appearances at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans (August 5 - 7), International Beatle Week in Liverpool (August 28) and the Washington, D.C. Abbey Road on the River (September 1 - 4), as well as through his website www.beatle.net. It will not be available through book retailers until October.
All orders received by midnight July 15, 2011, will be given priority in shipping, which shall begin on July 21. Because several hundred books will need to be signed by Spizer and packed for shipment, he does not know how many days it will take for the initial wave of orders to be shipped.
Spizer said, "I know people are anxious to get their books, so we will do all we can to get them out quickly, but it may take a week to complete the initial wave of orders." Individuals in the U.S. will start receiving their books by the end of July. Orders received after July 15 may not go out until early August, but Spizer said his assistants will do all they can to process orders quickly.
Front and back of the slipcase for Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records
Spizer indicated that there has been great demand for the limited Slipcase and Collector's Editions. "When people see how attractive the case is, they will want it. I am sure that these editions will sell out just like the Capitol and Apple case editions did." The book, as well as special editions, are available with mono and stereo covers. The mono cover is outselling the stereo cover by about 70% to 30%. Although the contents of the books are identical, some collectors have ordered both stereo and mono books.
When asked to compare this book to his previous titles, Spizer said, "This is by far the most comprehensive book I have ever done because it covers all of the songs released by the Beatles in the sixties. The U.K. singles, albums and EPs, all in one 444-page book. Like my other books, it is full of hundreds of images in either color or original black & white. It contains rarely seen British ads and promotional posters. Frank Daniels and I were able to track down tons of label variations that will please and frustrate the hard-core collectors."
Spizer warned that casual fans should not be discouraged the laborious label detail about each record, saying "They could skip thought the text describing the various labels. It appears at the end of each chapter, so it's easy to flip those pages and move on to the next record."
Spizer has been sending out a weekly email containing trivia questions based on information contained in the Parlophone book. The first round of questions are about the group's five British singles that failed to top the U.K. charts in the sixties. Last week's question asked for the name of the group's first single that peaked at number 17 on the charts and what song was number one that week. You can sign up to be on Bruce's email list at www.beatle.net.
When asked what his next book would be about, Spizer said, "This will most likely be the last book. I covered all of the U.S. and U.K. records. What else is there for me to do?" Beatles fans are sure to send Bruce suggestions. In the mean time, they can enjoy his latest effort.
Published July 14, 2011